Although spring and fall migration may be an exciting time to watch birds passing through, it is the breeding season which allows beginning birders to get the best look at and understanding of the species in their area. Rather than seeing a bird for only a minute, one can watch over a period of weeks, even months, as birds set up territories, attract mates, build a nest, and raise young. One of the best ways to learn about the breeding birds in your area is to take a bird walk with an expert. Such opportunities are often available at state or national parks, or through a birding club, Audubon chapter, or nature center. You may be directed to a bird checklist for the area, so you can know what birds to expect and remember the ones you saw. Some organizations may even have loaner binoculars, but don’t let the lack of equipment get in the way of your learning about birds!